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#1 rexifelis

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:34 PM

hey guys,

hope everything is going well!

i have a question that is probably not fixable...
anyway, here goes:

in fixing a client's computer we found out that the processor
was not ... properly put into the ZIF socket... and the pins
were damaged. we got that fixed (replacing both the
motherboard and the processor) the motherboard was
trashed but the processor is almost usable. a few pins
are bent, but the worst damage is that one pin is broken
off at the base.

what im asking is... can that kind of damage be repaired
or do i have a nice chip to use for my tie tac?

it is a pentium 4 3.2Ghz, 800Mhz front side bus and
hyperthreading.

thanks in advance for your time!

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#2 chicha1997

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:51 PM

I do not think you can fix it.
probably therwas hope with the mother board but you trashed ,To bad

#3 rexifelis

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:37 PM

the motherboard was literally trashed...
the 4-pin power plugin from the power supply
was blackened and melted (on the board itself)
and the capacitors (once traced back from the
blown ones) directly connected to this burned
plugin are blown, and the owner got the board
replaced under warranty from the manufacturer,
Gigabyte. but the processor problem was the
fault of the retailer (not covered under
manufacturer's warranty)...
the retailer is the now nonexistant
internetishop.com or hugebee.com

Google search here on Hugebee!!

thanks,

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#4 rexifelis

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 01:45 PM

bwhahahahaha!!!! :thumbsup: :flowers:

muhahahahahah!! :trumpet: :inlove:

i just could not let this one go...

i kept reading about stuff like this, could not find where anybody
got their intel based processor to work after damage like this...
but i did find where an AMD processor was "fixed"... i cannot
remember where it is now... (sorry)

Intel Specs page for all of their products

Intel P4 Specs page

anyhow... i did the research, found my exact processor # on Intel's page...
and the pin mapped to A21 and it was a blank on the chart... NOT NEEDED! :cool:

so i got a toothpick, broke it in half, took the broken end and used it to straighten
out the bent pins (about 5) did not break them off... and cleaned all the
previous thermal grease off of the die, put the processor into my motherboard
and did a final cleaning of the processor (to get fingerprints off of it).
using a latex glove i put a thin, translucent, layer of thermal grease (forget
the brand, but it cost $5 a tube at the local computer shop) and snapped
the standard heatsink on it and booted my machine.
(btw, did not have to re-install XP!!!! woot!)
it booted, complained about a change in processor, bios updated and booted
again. xp came up wanting drivers for the new processor... i let it boot and
use the internal xp drivers... rebooted, and then downloaded the stuff from
intel for this processor... and it works great!

though, i'll probably never be able to remove it from the ZIF, ever... it might
break off those bent (and rebent) pins...

morrowind loads in less than 30 sec (i was used to almost 2 minutes...)
half-life is almost instantaneous (online or not)
almost everything else has changed noticably ;)

but it could die later today... or next year... that's the chance i take.
the customer is fine with this, as what i did would have voided any warranty
(if there had been one left) he would rather have new stuff completely
covered under warranty(ies).

most of the info i used to do this came from that website i cannot remember
now... blah. sorry!!


thanks lots!!!!! :woot:

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 08:04 PM

Good job rexifelis! :thumbsup:

You deserve your free upgrade. :flowers:

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 11:36 PM

Dear Rex,

A processor can be fixed if it is only pin damage. I have worked on smaller. Any micro tech should be able to fix it.

Hell my 2m coworker fixed a Micron 1GB memory pad that had been burnt off. Pad, run, and all.

When telling Micron about it, they just laughed and said it could not be done. Its in my "burning computer" right now working just fine.

Big kudos to you for looking up the CPU pin diagram and finding the damaged pin a blank pin. How lucky is that?!

Take care,

junkdk :thumbsup:
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#7 rexifelis

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 09:37 AM

this kind of luck... :thumbsup:
i guess i would compare it to driving a truck off a cliff
and getting out of the wreck with nothing more than
bruises and a few sutures...

by memory pad... you mean a 1gb DIMM? or am i
guessing wrong?

haha

--rex

Edited by rexifelis, 03 June 2005 - 09:38 AM.

"Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don't understand it."
--Florence Ambrose
Freefall (gooood webcomic)
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